A Spring-Like Philly Run

art museum steps

Okay, I know I’ve been totally slacking on the posts lately.  February was pretty much the coldest month ever, and it’s hard to be inspired when you are doing all of your runs on the treadmill.  Now we are into March, however, and despite a brutal first week, the weather has finally taken a turn for the better.  Today’s forecast called for sunshine, with temps rising into the upper 40s, which was enough to inspire me to meet up with some good friends for an outdoor run.

Jen is one of my nearest and dearest friends, and my favorite ever running partner.  We have probably spent more time together running than doing all other activities combined.  About 2 years ago, she managed to convince her brother, Jon, to give running a shot and I’m happy to say that he is now almost as addicted as we are.  Today we met up on Kelly Drive, a 8.5 mile loop along the Schuylkill River.  Over the years, Jen and I have run so many miles along Kelly Drive that we often forget how cool it can be to run by the Philadelphia Art Museum.  Today, however, we hammed it up a bit for Jon’s sake, stopping to say hi to the Rocky statue, and powering up the art museum steps at both the start and the end of the run.  It was actually pretty cool to run alongside the frozen river and after all of the ice we’ve has this winter, I was just happy to find some dry ground to travel across.

As we ran, we planned out our respective race schedules for the remainder of the year.  Only fellow runners could find this to be an interesting topic of conversation for close to an hour.  Jen and I also enjoyed having the opportunity to catch up on all the latest news.  Jon was kind enough to let us blabber along through the miles.  Finishing today’s run reminded me why runs outside are always more enjoyable than a run on the treadmill.  It also served as a good reminder than there are few better ways to spend a weekend morning than out on a run with friends.  I’m looking forward to more spring weather, and a lot more outdoor runs to come!

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